The difference between 082, 072, and 062 cellphone numbers in South Africa

Keeping track of which number strings belong to which mobile operators used to be easy, but the growing number of new SIMs and cellphone users means that the amount of numbers in South Africa have increased.

MTN still uses the 083 code and Vodacom still uses 082, but the 063, 064, 065, and 066 codes are a bit more complex.

These changes have only really affected mobile number codes however, with geographic landline codes remaining constant and easy to remember.

00 remains the international access code, while 01-05 still refer to landlines in specific provincial areas.

Number codes in the 06 and above range have become more complex as mobile networks grow and more competitors enter the space, however.

There also a number of other services which require number code allocations to function, such as machine-related services and pagers.

These generally occupy the higher number code ranges.

Number codes in South Africa

It is important to note that some number ranges were allocated and divided between mobile operators in ICASA’s numbering plan regulations of 2016.

Additionally, customers now have the option to port their numbers between networks, meaning that certain numbers might not be carried by the original network operator.

For example, the 084 number range was originally allocated to Cell C, but some numbers might be carried on the Vodacom, MTN, or Telkom network due to customers porting their number.

The table below details which number ranges are linked to which operators and areas in South Africa.

Number Range Area or operator
00
00 International access code
01
01 Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and part of the North West
02
02 The Western Cape and parts of the Northern Cape
03
03 KwaZulu-Natal
04
04 The Eastern Cape and eastern parts of the Western Cape
05
05 The Free State and parts of the Northern Cape
06
0603 – 0605 MTN
0606 – 0609 Vodacom
0610 – 0613 Cell C
0614 Telkom Mobile
0615-0619 Cell C
062 Cell C
0630 – 0635 MTN
0636 – 0637 Vodacom
0638 – 0640 MTN
0641 – 0645 Cell C
0646 – 0649 Vodacom
0654 Lycamobile SA
0655 – 0657 MTN
0658 – 0659 Telkom Mobile
0660 – 0665 Vodacom
0670 – 0672 Telkom Mobile
07
0710 MTN
0711 – 0716 Vodacom
0717 – 0719 MTN
072 Vodacom
073 MTN
074 Cell C
0741 Virgin Mobile
076 Vodacom
078 MTN
079 Vodacom
08
080 Toll-free, called party pays
0810 MTN
0811 – 0815 Telkom Mobile
0816 Rain
0817 Telkom Mobile
0818 Vodacom
082 Vodacom
083 MTN
084 Cell C
085 USAL licence holders
086 Sharecall, MaxiCall, and premium-rate services
0860 Sharecall – Landline callers pay local call, called party pays long distance if applicable
0861 MaxiCall – Caller always pay long distance for call even if routed to local office
0862 – 9 Premium rate – Caller pays increasing rate linked to last digit
08622 Competition lines
086294 Competition lines
08671 – 08674 Information services
087 Value-added services (including VoIP)
088 Pagers and Telkom CallAnswer voicemail
089 Maxinet, for polls and radio call-in services
09
090 Premium-rate services
0902 Premium-rate adult services
091 Premium-rate services
092 Premium-rate services
096 Machine related services
097 Machine related services
098 Machine related services

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